Fruitful Letters.

Makes a heck of a mess in the kitchen but my favorite right now (and of last year) is still the AIP Pear Caramel Pie, page 300 in The Auto Immune Paleo Cookbook .  Satisfying a sweet tooth with none of the forbidden foods within the recipe is not to be sniffed at!  I recently related …

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Cooperate With Your Healing. Take two.

Skylines and contrasts of light intrigue me.  I find stories and parallels there.  Like this one.  The grey of autoimmune disease and daunting black of chronic pain are illuminated by the hopeful brightness beyond the clouds.  That’s where I place my eternal hope.  In the One who IS light itself. Also I am indebted to …

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Happy Anniversary!

“A journey begins with a single step. 9,200 steps show on my Fitbit at dusk last night so I made progress! That’ll be one of the mottos I repeat to myself over the next 12 months: “progress not perfection” in my fitness quest. ”   -Jessica, April 17, 2016 at fitnessquestmama.wordpress.com How appropriate!  One year …

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Listen to your body.

The fact that any food is gluten-free has totally lost significance.  Let me break it down like an equation for you. X + Y = Z therefore Jessica + Grain = Pain Through the thickets of autoimmune disease I’m finding this out.   If I’m jonesin’ for joint hurt then I should definitely eat bread, pasta, oats, or pancakes (even if …

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Broomstick lace for a happy place

As a young person, my mom and I sat on the couch in her “good room” where absolutely no toys were allowed –through the entrance that she only used for guests- and she taught me a few simple stitches of crochet. There I watched Mom work on a blanket, and she would pause to demonstrate loops …

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Shock & awe

Hello.  And happy day-after Thanksgiving to you.  I have a lot to be grateful for.  Simple joys that make the heart full: God, my husband, children, a house, food on the table, and a warm bed to sleep in.  But, sit at my table with me, have a hot cup of tea and talk for a …

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Rice replacement. Endocrinologist replacement?

Good morning everyone, or good day, as it were.  Did I mention I’ve been watching British comedies? I have recently enjoyed a local playhouse’s live theatrical production where the actors employed a British accent as well. Shout-out to all the Mousetrap players! Right, moving along… if you are looking to adopt a Paleo lifestyle, or …

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Shake hands with your doctor.

Watching a British comedy sitcom and drinking PG Tips English Breakfast tea this morning, I begin to think in a British accent.  Brilliant, yeah?  Sort of how I started thinking in Spanish in the Dominican Republic as a triage translator for the missionary doctors & nurses. What’s disrupting my psuedo-British misty morning is this “hold music” on the phone-line to my …

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Morning pages

  It creeps and crawls.  It slowly chokes me.  This anxiety.  Especially when I’m alone.  In somebody’s company, however, I am pleasantly distracted and feel uplifted.  There is a clear reason why I feel this way: a prescription adjustment.  Four weeks ago a very tangible shift occurred after my doctor switched me from 125 to …

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Pause on the Prosciutto

There was no time left to make myself a complicated breakfast.  The black tea, steaming hot and steeping, would soon be ready for coconut milk and honey.  I made my family baked gluten-free oatmeal from a recipe I still adore and they all love.  Since my dad was visiting, I just wanted to focus on …

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